A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that DimensionM is a sci-fi adventure game with math questions tied into the storyline. There is some mild violence in the form of shooting pesky robots who are hindering your progress. This online math game has been used to supplement math curriculum in schools. It has been the source of tournaments and competitions throughout the country, letting students realize that math can be fun and exciting. When used in classroom curricula, teachers can see the progress of individual students and monitor their performance on math questions.
What's it about?
DIMENSIONM puts players in the role of an agent who is sent on a mission to find a missing person. The story is filled with intrigue and encourages players to keep pushing forward to learn more details about the unraveling mystery. The story is a key point of focus for the game, and it's one that is not overly complex. Math exercises show up through the course of the game. Some of these exercises tie into the story, and at those times it really excels because it shows players how those intangible numbers and equations they see in the classroom can be used in a more interactive environment.
Is it any good?
DimensionM employs a very creative way of including math comprehension and testing in a non-threatening way. That is, this game could just as easily be described as an action game as it is a "math game." While the graphics don't rival other multi-million-dollar productions available to the commercial market, it is certainly a much more engaging, fun experience than reading a textbook or studying flash cards. The online multiplayer and frequent inclusion of tournaments inspire healthy competition and cooperation. Players have an incentive to solve as many questions as they can, and to do it more quickly than their friends.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Platforms: Mac, Windows
- Subjects: Math: addition, algebra, equations
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, problem solving, thinking critically
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Tabula Digita
- Release date: June 25, 2007
- Genre: Educational
- ESRB rating: NR
For kids who love learning while they game
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